Year Community Panel was Established
The Billings refinery Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) is made up of approximately 18 citizen members and four company members, with an average meeting attendance of 12 to 15.
The CAC provides a forum to share information, concerns and views, and it’s important that each member of the Council understands their role. To facilitate this understanding, a handbook for members has been developed.
CAC members have observed and participated in mock-emergency drills by volunteering as observers at hospitals, the command center and various field locations. The CAC has provided input and feedback to Billings refinery associated with the federally mandated Risk Management Process and acted as a sounding board for Yellowstone County agencies and businesses as they developed a community-wide communication plan for the general public.
2008 National Petrochemical & Refiners Association Distinguished Safety Award
A plaque was presented by the Board of Directors in May 2009 to the men and women of the Billings refinery in recognition of their exemplary safety performance and on being awarded the National Petroleum Refiners Association 2008 Distinguished Safety Award.
EPA Clean Air Excellence Award
The Billings refinery was nominated by the CAC and was the recipient of the 2005 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for Education/Outreach. Select CAC members, including two representatives from refinery leadership and the CAC facilitator, received the award in Washington, D.C.
ENERGY STAR® Recipient
The Billings refinery has been recognized three times (2006, 2007 and 2011) by the Environmental Protection Agency’s as an ENERGY STAR® site for superior energy performance. In 2006, the facility became the nation’s first refinery to earn the ENERGY STAR® designation.
Gateway Business Park
From 2001, the CAC has been a facilitator of the Gateway Triangle area development around the refinery including support of a Gateway Business Plan (134KB .PDF document), which adopts a formal position on infrastructure and street repairs and sends annual letters to the mayor and city council encouraging them to move forward with area development.
Sustainable Development Score Card
The Billings CAC Sustainable Development Score Card displays a series of Corporate, Refining and Billings facility metrics arranged in sustainable development categories.
Neighborhood Eat & Meet
The CAC has hosted an annual Neighborhood Eat & Meet event since 2000. The Citizens Advisory Council of the Billings refinery held its annual Neighborhood Eat & Meet on September 8, 2011 at RiverStone Health.
At the suggestion of the CAC and through work with the Yellowstone River and Parks Association, the refinery has begun beautification of its property. Since 1999, the effort has enhanced the environment around the refinery and engaged with community and environmental groups. The initial effort focused on property along the freeway as it passes south of the refinery and Glacier Pipeline area. Additionally, a strategic plan has been created to focus on beautification efforts around other areas of the refinery including its front entrance. See the project schedule (17KB .PDF document).
Billings Refinery Representative
Colin Franks, Manager, Health, Safety and Health
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. View the CAC meeting minutes here.